Portfolio Overview

Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio Overview

Ministers And Portfolio Responsibilities

The Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio contributes to the well-being of all Australians through the following outcomes.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department)

  • Outcome 1: Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
  • Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
  • Outcome 3: Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.
  • Outcome 4: Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

  • Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

  • Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

  • Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

Infrastructure Australia (IA)

  • Outcome 1: Improve decision-making on matters relating to infrastructure; advise governments and others on matters relating to infrastructure, including better assessment of infrastructure needs and prioritisation of infrastructure projects; and promote best practice infrastructure planning, financing, delivery and operation.

National Capital Authority (NCA)

  • Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan; operation of the National Capital Exhibition; delivery of education and awareness programs; and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

National Transport Commission (NTC)

  • Outcome 1: Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

Airservices Australia (AA) is also an entity within the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio. However, as AA does not receive funding (directly or indirectly) through the annual appropriation acts, they do not produce Portfolio Budget Statements.

The Department is accountable to: the Minister for Regional Development,
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash; the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport,
the Hon Darren Chester MP; and the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP.

The Department provides policy advice to the ministers and undertakes policy and regulatory functions and the delivery of administered items on behalf of the Australian Government.

AA's primary function is to provide air navigation and aviation rescue firefighting services for the aviation industry and community.

AMSA is the national regulator for domestic commercial vessels and the national safety entity responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and aviation and maritime search and rescue.

ATSB's primary function is to improve aviation, maritime and rail safety, underpinned by the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas.

IA's statutory function is to deliver high quality advice on the nationally significant infrastructure needs of Australia.

NCA's statutory function is to manage the Australian Government's interest in the strategic planning, promotion, development and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital.

NTC's primary function is to improve the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia's road, rail and intermodal transport system.

Further details on the goals, operations and operating environments of the Department, AA, AMSA, ATSB, CASA, IA, NCA and NTC can be found either in the entity specific sections of the PB Statements or on the respective entity websites.

For information on resourcing across the portfolio, please refer to Part 1: Agency Financial Resourcing in Budget Paper No. 4—Agency Resourcing.

Figure 1: Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio structure and outcomes

Minister for Regional Development
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Secretary: Mike Mrdak
Outcome 1: Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
Outcome 3: Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.
Outcome 4: Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Chair: Stuart Richey AM
Chief Executive Officer: Michael Kinley
Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Chief Commissioner: Martin Dolan
Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Chair: Jeffrey Boyd
Director of Aviation Safety: Mark Skidmore AM
Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.
Infrastructure Australia
Chair: Mark Birrell
Chief Executive Officer: Philip Davies
Outcome 1: Improve decision-making on matters relating to infrastructure; advise governments and others on matters relating to infrastructure, including better assessment of infrastructure needs and prioritisation of infrastructure projects; and promote best practice infrastructure planning, financing, delivery and operation.
National Capital Authority
Chair: Terry Weber
Chief Executive Officer: Malcolm Snow
Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, delivery of education and awareness programs and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.
National Transport Commission
Chair: David Anderson PSM
Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner: Paul Retter AM
Outcome 1: Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

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